147-member French delegation for Vibrant Gujarat Summit
H.E. Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development led a 147-member French delegation to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, on 10th January 2017. Reflecting its prominent position among leading foreign investors in India, France, a Partner Country of the Summit, is committed to partnering with the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat.
French Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche, renowned for his work on atomic physics, quantum optics, the study of the photon, and developing laser spectroscopy, also participate in the Nobel Laureates Conclave.
The French business delegation included 60 French companies with expertise in the sectors of energy and power, urban development, water and waste management, aviation and logistics, agrifood industry, multimodal transport, IT and communications, planning, housing industry (biotechnology, ceramic and metallic coatings, dental, electronics, pharmaceuticals, textile), consulting, and banking and finance.
CEOs of leading French multinationals including Electricity de France (EDF) and Cap Gemini attended the CEOs Conclave.
On this occasion, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, visited the Trade Show on Tuesday, 10th January 2017, at the French Pavilion in Hall 1 – Booth 1.18, Helipad Exhibition Center, Gandhinagar.
The large group of participating French companies (catalogue enclosed) with their wide range of advanced technical expertise is keen to partner with Indian entities and is fully committed to the ambitious “Make in India” initiative. France, with its industrial experience and expertise in cutting-edge technologies is building a partnership for the future with India for actively supporting it in achieving its major goals in the areas of sustainable urban development, transport, energy, food processing, infrastructure and industry.
France held a Country Seminar on 11th January at 10 am, in Hall 2, Country Hall 1, at Mahatma Mandir, focusing on two key topics: energy requirements for the future and integrated urban transportation for the smart city. 12 experts from France shared their innovative proposals for transforming waste to energy, smart street lighting, off-grid solutions for smart villages, solar cell manufacturing, ticketless solutions for urban transport, smart parking and railway stations of the future, amongst others.
Gujarat is not only one of the fastest developing States of India but also one of the most attractive for hosting investments. Therefore Vibrant Gujarat 2017 has attracted 60 French companies from across diversified sectors either already established in India or willing to develop their activity here. France invests in India, makes in India and innovates in India.
To enhance an already very successful Indo-French cooperation, the Regional Economic Department of the Embassy of France in India and Business France remain at the disposal of Indian authorities and companies to further develop bilateral economic relationship.
Opening Speech of Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017
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Prime Minister, (Narendra Modi),
Minister of Finance, (Arun Jaitley),
Chief Minister of Gujarat, (Vijay Rupani)
Ministers, elected officials, business leaders and policymakers,
It is a true pleasure for me and the French delegation to be with you here today at Vibrant Gujarat. France is a partner country this year to affirm its confidence in India. We share so many values, a vision of the world and a strategic partnership in every area.
Prime Minister Modi, France stands by your side and supports your programmes that are drivers of sustainable growth for India: Make in India, Skill India, Clean India, Digital India and Smart cities. Each of these programmes meets a major challenge facing your country. France has experience and technology in these areas and we want stronger cooperation with India in all these sectors, and beyond – from agriculture and food to industry and services, from science to culture, from higher education and research to defence.
I have come to Ahmedabad with a large delegation of French companies representing all of these sectors. They have confidence in your country’s path towards growth and development.
Some of these companies are global leaders. They include France’s national electric utility company, EDF, our national railway company, SNCF, and one of our leading consulting corporations, Capgemini. Their CEOs are here with us today. They have chosen to invest in India, to manufacture here, to export from here, to train their workers, technicians and engineers here and to innovate here.
There are more than 400 French companies in India, employing several hundreds of thousands of people and investing more than one billion euros every year. France is one of the three leading foreign direct investors in India. This includes Gujarat. I am thinking of SNF Floerger, the second biggest chemical company in France, specialized in wastewater treatment and oil recovery. I’m thinking of Laboratoires Gilbert, in the pharmaceutical industry. I’m also thinking of the CMA-CGM Group, which has built a container terminal in the Port of Mundra.
French companies are helping to drive your economy and we have some wonderful success stories. One of them is Renault, the leading european car manufacturer on the Indian market with Kwid, developed in India and manufactured in Chennai. Everyone will have the opportunity to discover it here today. I could also mention Décathlon, the French sporting goods retailer, which has opened nearly 50 stores all over India. The French start-up, BlaBlaCar, with its carpooling application, is growing rapidly on the Indian market.
The Indian economy is also full of promise when it comes to renewable energies. India had a large hand in the success of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I commend your goal to achieve an electricity mix made up of 40% non-fossil fuels by 2030. French technologies, developed by EDF and other smaller companies can contribute to this.
But India is also a global economic actor and its industries have ambitions throughout the world. France is the leading destination in Europe for foreign investment in industry. France will continue to provide sustainable access to the world’s largest global market, the European Union. Several Indian companies have already made this choice. I am thinking of the recent example of Mahindra, which has acquired a majority stake in Peugeot Scooters. France is open to all Indian investments.
On this opening day of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, allow me to celebrate with you the economic partnership between India and France. It will be even stronger by the end of the day, in the interest of our two countries. Thank you for your attention.
|Adamas Avocats Associés||Enia Architectes|
|Agence Goutal Architecture et Patrimoine||Famoco|
|AGS Four Winds||Hubbard SAS|
|Airbus Group India||IMV Technologies|
|Airbus Division in India||JC Décaux|
|Altios||Laboratoires Gilbert Groupe Batteur|
|Anthogyr||Lhotellier Ikos Group - Mailhem|
|Atherm Thermal Solution India P Ltd||RATP DEV TRANSDEV|
|Groupe Axereal||Roquette Riddhi Siddhi Pvt Ltd|
|Boccard SA||Serap India Pvt Ltd, Indian Partner|
|CEA LITEN||SNF SAS France|
|Decathlon Sports India||Total Oil India P Ltd|
|EDF EN||Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry|